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Lesser Merriment University Cyberinfrastructure Task Force Dee Childs (mchilds@lsu.edu) Ken Fauerbach (ken@nyu.edu) Rich Greenfield (rich.greenfield@alaska.edu) Erin Griffin (egriffin@lmu.edu) Christopher Mackie (cjm@mellon.org) Pam McQuesten (pmcquesten@oxy.edu).

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lmu cyberinfrastructure plan

Lesser Merriment University Cyberinfrastructure Task Force

Dee Childs (mchilds@lsu.edu)

Ken Fauerbach (ken@nyu.edu)

Rich Greenfield (rich.greenfield@alaska.edu)

Erin Griffin (egriffin@lmu.edu)

Christopher Mackie (cjm@mellon.org)

Pam McQuesten (pmcquesten@oxy.edu)

LMU Cyberinfrastructure Plan

who are we

Lesser Merriment U at a glance:

    • Private, Master’s I institution in SoCal
    • 6k UG, 3k GS, residential, regional
    • Schools: LibArts, SciEng, Film, Comm, Bus, Ed
    • Consortial memberships: Library, I2
    • Consortial opportunities: plentiful
      • CA consortia
      • LibArts consortia
Who are we?
where are we going

Our charge: Develop a plan and business model to provide the technology infrastructure (“cyberinfrastructure”) necessary to support LMU’s six strategic initiatives:

    • Bioethics
    • Globalized, distributed film-making
    • Serious and commercial games
    • In-service infrastructure for K-12 teachers
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Connecting A&S faculty with disciplinary research communities
Where are we going?
what is cyberinfrastructure

Computer, information, and communication technology deployed in support of multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional collaboration [NSF]

    • Computation and communication
    • Data management
    • Virtual organizations (VOs)
    • Education and workforce training
  • Emphasizes sharing, efficiency, interoperability across scholarly communities
  • Facilitates new applications, new modes of scholarship and practice
What is Cyberinfrastructure?
our process

Engage stakeholders as advisers

    • CFO/COO
    • Deans & Faculty: Comp Sci; others (identified by strategic initiatives)
    • IT: Networking, Collaborative Services, Academic Services
  • Map strategic initiatives to CI capabilities
  • Assess readiness/identify gaps
  • Prioritize needs
  • Develop resource acquisition plan
Our Process
are we ready for ci

Not quite…

    • Networking, storage need significant upgrades
    • Some additional staffing is needed, esp. as usage grows
    • Organizational development is needed
      • Cross-disciplinary collaboration, coordination
      • Expertise in developing/inhabiting “virtual organizations”
      • Closer cooperation between schools/faculty and IT
    • Need CI-friendly support software (“middleware”)
      • Multi-institutional identity management (“Shibboleth”)
      • Institutional repository/publishing platform (“Fedora”)
  • But there’s good news…
    • Facilities are adequate for the near term
    • Strategic initiatives are already improving collaboration
    • Institutional strengths in education and ed tech will be valuable
Are we ready for CI?

3-year plan

financial support strategy

Minimize LMU capital expenditures via external support

    • Corporate partnerships
      • Outsourced capabilities in computation, data, and/or VOs
      • LMU provides research and/or workforce development (e.g., in bioethics)
    • Government and other philanthropy
      • NSF, NIH, DoD; corporate & private philanthropy
      • Support for network & data storage upgrades
      • Focus fundraising on the strategic initiatives, not on cyberinfrastructure implementation per se
Financial Support Strategy
at end of year 3

Sustainable CI installation that will support the comprehensive pursuit of LMU’s strategic initiatives:

  • Participation of LMU faculty in relevant national and international CI initiatives
  • Cross-disciplinary collaboration within LMU and with other institutions
  • Creation and management of ad hoc and institutionalized virtual organizations for teaching, research, service
  • Full life-cycle management of faculty and institutional data
At end of Year 3….